Wednesday, 05 October 2011 07:01

Thermaltake Armor A30 tested - 2. External

Written by Sanjin Rados
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Review: In-case airflow and cooling are pretty good


Packaging is pretty nice and informative. The sketches are clear and reveal many details. The packaging is tough enough to survive normal transport.

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Apart from the quite graphic user’s manual, you’ll get all the screws you need. There are also two plastic brackets that should enable for mounting of 2.5’’ driver. We must compliment Thermaltake on including reusable cable ties – a nice touch indeed.

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Both of the Armor A30’s sides are identical. Since both side panels come with windows, it’s easy to see the components inside.

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The windows are protected with a plastic cover both inside and outside. The sides also feature mesh grill air outlets.

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The Armor A30 is very sturdy and is mostly made of steel. There are some mesh grill surfaces but the weight of 6.7 kilograms says enough. Although it’s classified as small-form-factor case, the Armor A30 is more massive than other small-form factor cases. It measures 266 x 291 x 456mm.

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The top panel can be removed, which you’ll have to do when putting components in. It holds a large 230mm blue LED fan (230 x 230 x 20 mm, 800rpm, 15dBA).
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The front panel holds another blue LED fan (90 x 90 x 25 mm, 1200rpm, 16dBA).


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Apart from the two aforementioned fans, the Armor A30 has another two 60mm fans on the rear panel (60 x 60 x 25 mm, 1500rpm,18dBA). The following pictures show the airflow inside the Armor A30.



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The top right part of the front panel has space for two external 5.25’’ optical drives. Beneath the mesh grill, you’ll find filters. You’ll find a 3.5’’ drive spot to the left, which is mounted vertically.

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All the connectors are in the bottom left corner whereas Power and Reset keys are on the right side of the front panel. Apart from the audio ins/outs, you’ll find one eSATA, one USB 2.0 and one USB 3.0 port.

The rear panel has room for a standard ATX PSU with two 60mm fans below. Although we expected the fans to be loud, they were quite quiet. The Armor A30 will take four expansion cards. You’ll find another opening on the back, which is used to route USB 3.0 cables towards the I/O panel with a USB 3.0 port.
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The Armor A30 has four rubber feet and has no air outlets/inlets below.

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+1 #1 pogsnet 2011-10-05 09:21
So the PSU is on top of the processor? therefore you cant use huge HSF on this one.
 
 
0 #2 Sodomy 2011-10-05 13:00
Quoting pogsnet:
So the PSU is on top of the processor? therefore you cant use huge HSF on this one.


Yep that is my only problem with this. Had one of the Lian Li cases that is a similar formfactor, had to upgrade the HSF but because of the PSU fan, had to reverse the custom HSF to such the hot air out of the heatsink, terrible performance. At least this case it looks like you can mount the PSU in reverse, so you would just reverse the direction of the fan ontop and you would have a very dusty but well cooled case.
 
 
0 #3 hoohoo 2011-10-05 15:27
Nice design, I like the modularity and mobo tray. It would be better if the top were flat and metal not platic (think SUGO).

As for the comments about the PSU, I agree, but where else can you put the PSU?
 

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